A few weeks ago I heard Deepak Chopra speak in Melbourne and he mentioned that over the last few years there has been a huge shift in medical/scientific research from research based on understanding stress .. to research based on understanding happiness.
Scientist inspired by Dalai Lama studies happiness
By RYAN J. FOLEY (published Associated Press)
Currently His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in the US. Last weekend he opened the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This new facility will allow for a dozen researchers to study the science behind positive qualities of mind .. the only center in the world with a meditation room next to a brain imaging laboratory. This Center is where scientists will focused on finding the causes of positive human qualities like happiness and compassion.
Since meeting the Dalai Lama in India in 1992, Richard Davidson (a University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist) has sought to build a connection between Buddhism and western science. His tools of choice are brain imaging technology, Buddhist monks and other veteran practitioners of meditation .. seeking to learn how their meditation training affects mental health.
At this point, findings suggest meditation and other "contemplative practices" can improve compassion, empathy, kindness and attention .. and support the concept that even adult brains can change through experience and learning.
Read the full article here ..